DePaul Blue Demons (1-1) vs. Milwaukee Panthers (1-1) – Sunday, November 20th, 12:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Television – FOX Sports 1
Radio – WSCR AM 670
The Milwaukee Panthers are coming off a season where they finished 20-13, upset the Wisconsin Badgers, and were certainly going to receive a postseason bid.
So what happened? Coach Rob Jeter was fired for his efforts and the school declined to play in the postseason.
Jeter’s firing was followed by an offseason where disgruntled players left the program. Guard Akeem Springs, forward Austin Arians, and Jordan Johnson have all found new homes. All three would have started for the Panthers this season if they had stayed.
Needless to say, the Milwaukee Panthers are a team that is in disarray.
The man tasked with rebuilding the program now is former Michigan assistant coach LaVall Jordan. Jordan has his work cut out for him as he tries to restore the Panthers program.
The Panthers are off to a 1-1 start on the young season. Their lone win was a 88-58 victory over the Milwaukee School of Engineering, a team that plays in Division III.
Milwaukee then lost 68-54 to the Memphis Tigers on the road on Wednesday night.
Milwaukee’s leading returning scorer is senior Cody Wichmann. Wichmann led the Panthers in scoring in the loss to Memphis with 18 points, all of which came from beyond the arc (six of eight on trifectas).
Rebounding has been a glaring weakness for the Blue Demons in their first two games. In this one, DePaul will need to keep Brock Stull off the boards. Stull is averaging a double-double of 10.5 points and 10 rebounds per game.
The Last Time
On December 7, 2014 at Allstate Arena, the Blue Demons defeated the Panthers 83-61 in what was their fourth straight non-conference win.
DePaul held Milwaukee to 37.5 percent shooting from the field and threw themselves a block party with 10 blocked shots on the day.
DePaul got the job done with balanced scoring. All five starters finished in double-figures. Sophomore guard Billy Garrett, Jr. led the way for the Blue Demons with 18 points and four assists. Garrett was also a perfect 11 for 11 from the free throw line. Myke Henry and Tommy Hamilton added 15 points apiece. Hamilton also corralled nine rebounds and blocked three shots. DePaul senior Jamee Crockett chipped in with 13 points. Durrell McDonald contributed with 10 points.
The Blue Demons shot 21 of 23 from the charity stripe.
The balanced offense did the trick, putting up 83 points on a UWM team that was only allowing 55.2 points per game coming into the game.
Steve McWhorter and J.R. Lyle led the way for the Panthers with 13 points apiece.
# NAME POS. HT. WT. YEAR HOMETOWN / HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE MAJOR
0 Bryce Barnes G 5-11 172 Fr. Chicago, Ill. / Bogan Prep Finance
1 Jeremiah Bell G 6-0 171 So. Louisville, Ky. / Boyle County/Vincennes University Undecided
3 Brock Stull G 6-4 195 R-So. Rockford, Ill. / Boylan Catholic Criminal Justice
4 Jeremy Johnson G 6-3 175 R-Fr. Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Champlin Park Marketing
5 Cody Wichmann G 6-5 210 Sr. Pulaski, Wis. / Pulaski Accounting
10 Sam Burkart G 5-11 195 Fr. Kaukauna, Wis. / Appelton Xavier Supply Chain & Marketing
11 Zac Saddler F 6-7 200 Fr. New Braunfels, Texas / New Braunfels Engineering
13 August Haas G 6-1 187 Fr. Copenhagen, Denmark / Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium Finance
15 Baylor Peterson G 6-2 180 So. Edina, Minn. / Edina Marketing
20 Derek Rongstad G/F 6-5 210 R-So. Middleton, Wis. / Middleton Economics
21 Dan Studer F 6-7 230 Sr. Germantown, Wis. / Germantown / Stevens Point Marketing
23 Seth Dittmer F 6-9 210 Fr. Pewaukee, Wis. / Homeschooled JAMS
24 Bryce Nze F 6-7 230 Fr. Hartland, Wis. / Arrowhead Undecided
31 Cameron Harvey G 6-3 205 Gr. Collegeville, Pa. / Wheaton Academy / Stetson Liberal Arts (MBA)
50 Brett Prahl F 6-9 225 R-Jr. East Troy, Wis. / East Troy Accounting
52 Alex Prahl F 6-9 225 R-Jr. East Troy, Wis. / East Troy Accounting